Where is the Line?

Pat Steinberg
July 21 2010 07:08PM


UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 25: Defenseman Ian White #3 of the Calgary Flames skates with the puck against the New York Islanders during an NHL game at the Nassau Coliseum on March 25, 2010 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)



According to new Flames Assistant General Manager Jay Feaster, talks are not going at a promising pace when it comes to a new contract for defenceman Ian White.  It seems more and more likely that the two sides will end up meeting on July 30th in Toronto for salary arbitration.  What that means for the Flames is yet to be determined.

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Ways To Improve the Offense: Draw More Penalties

Kent Wilson
July 21 2010 10:41AM

CHICAGO - APRIL 18:  Jarome Iginla #12 of the Calgary Flames scored a power play goal in the first period against goalie Nikolai Khabibulin #39 of the Chicago Blackhawks during Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 18, 2009 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)


There's no secret the primary (lone?) area of concern for the Flames heading into next year is scoring. Calgary finished with the second least amount of goals during the regular season, with their 201 total narrowly beating out the Boston Bruins (196). With an offense that inept, improvement is going to have come from multiple areas. The focus for toay is powerplay goals. More specifically, drawing more penalties in order to score more powerplay goals. 

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Is There a Fit?

Pat Steinberg
July 19 2010 06:13PM

CALGARY, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 15: Matt Pelech #56 of the Calgary Flames battles with Jean-Francois Jacques #22 of the Edmonton Oilers in the third period of the pre-season NHL game on September 15, 2009 at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Mike Ridewood/Getty Images)

Kent wrote a great piece last week analyzing Calgary's strength and depth on the blueline, asserting that decisions will need to be made ahead of opening night in October.  Well, another wrinkle was added on Sunday afternoon when the Flames announced the signing of Matt Pelech to a one year contract.  Now my question is...how does the guy fit?

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What Remains of the Free Agent Pool

Kent Wilson
July 19 2010 12:07PM

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 12:  Alexander Frolov #24 of the Los Angeles Kings reacts after a missed chance in front of Alex Auld #31 of the Dallas Stars during the second period at the Staples Center on December 12, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)


With Ilya Kovalchuk finally ending the suspense with his decision to re-sign in New Jersey, the feeling is the rest of the dominoes will begin to fall in short order. That's only midly exciting news given the dearth of truely interesting players remaining on the free market. While not terribly relevant to the Flames currently, here's the list of somewhat engaging guys still looking for work. 

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July 16th News and Notes

Robert Cleave
July 16 2010 03:08PM


Mikko Koivu



Dead as a doornail, isn't it? Kent remarked to me on Wednesday night that he couldn't remember a time where things got so quiet so quickly after July 1st, and I'm in accord. After the jump, we'll look through the thin gruel for morsels.


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